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ERIC Number: EJ929660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 91
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
"Sporting Citizenship": The Rebirth of Religion?
Garratt, Dean
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v18 n2 p123-143 2010
This paper considers the social significance and interaction between sport and the allied themes of citizenship, civic identity and social control in contemporary Britain. It is set against a backdrop of an emerging cosmopolitanism and politics of difference and is posed in response to renewed interest in notions of "Britishness", "nationhood" and "shared national identity". In the context of the forthcoming 2012 London Olympic Games, the paper challenges the use of "sporting citizenship" as a pedagogical device intended to rekindle notions of "civic patriotism" and social cohesion across communities nationwide. The analysis questions the role of sport as a panacea for the perceived ills of society and means of social control, and further considers the extent to which the state pedagogy of "sporting citizenship" can be conceived as the rebirth of a folk-religion. Finally, the paper critically considers the implications of renewed "faith" in sport as part of the Olympic legacy, post 2012. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)